BUT OF COURSE THIS IS JUST AN ILLUSION. ITS ALL HARD WORK.
BUT WHAT EXACTLY MAKES THEM SO HARD? (oops, wrong picture)
BUT WHAT EXACTLY MAKES THEM SO HARD? (yep, thats me)
to I DECIDED ASK
I asked ~40 people What makes preparing and delivering
presentations so difficult? Disclaimer: I am not a sociologist,
this is by no means scientific. If you want to research this
subject properly please do contact me. They named 3 reasons each.
This is the analysis of their replies. Its illuminating.
PRESENTATION PROBLEMS META Motivation (31) Setting goals (12)
Presentations arent important (9) Slacking (8) Other (2) No content
(10) Audience-related (8) Presentations culture (7) Other (4)
STRUCTURE Structuring (15) Storytelling (9) Focus on the core (11)
Other (4) SLIDES DELIVERY Design skills (12) Lack of taste or
visual culture (7) Fear or anxiety (10) This is the amount of
complaints in this category
Surprise #1: MOST PROBLEMS WITH PRESENTATIONS HAVE NOTHING TO
DO WITH PRESENTATION SKILLS.
SUCK PRESENTATIONS beca e PEOPLE DONT WANT TO DO THEM
HARD WORK YOU SEE, ON ONE HAND, ITS HARD WORK. ON THE OTHER
OH, WAIT, WHATS ON THE OTHER HAND?! ?HARD WORK
This presentation is just a formality, you know All important
decisions are made behind the scenes anyway Everybody admits
secretly that its just a waste of time PRESENTATIONS ARENT
PEOPLE DONt SET MOTIVATING GOALS There was no clear goal There
is no real goal, they just do it because they were told to do it
They dont understand that they have to SELL their ideas
TRY SETTING GOALS THAT MOTIVATE YOU TIP #1
WORK ON THE END FIRST (ITS WHERE YOU ASK PEOPLE TO DO
SOMETHING!) TIP #2
Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle.
Seriously. ! Endings are hard, get yours working up front. Pixar,
Inc. Storytelling Rule #7
SOMEHOW COMMUNICATE THAT PRESENTATIONS ARE IMPORTANT TOP
PRESENTATION AWARD WINNER OR SOMETHING TIP #3for managers
Surprise #2: STRUCTURING INFORMATION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT
The main point is obscured by lots of irrelevant detail.
Source: PowerPoint Presentation Flaws and Failures: A Psychological
Analysis (2012) by Stephen M. Kosslyn et al THE SINGLE MOST COMMON
AND ALSO THE MOST ANNOYING PRESENTATION PROBLEM
STRUCTURING & PRIORITISING I want to tell them EVERYTHING
but theres never enough time They dont structure the information so
its just incomprehensible. Presenters dont focus on whats most
HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY THE CORE? YOU NEED TO ORGANISE YOUR
LEARN TO USE MIND MAPS OR CONCEPT MAPS FOR PLANNING
PRESENTATIONS TIP #4
Surprise #3: POWERPOINT* * OK, no surprise here
Editing slides for most people is really, really HARD. Editing
slides for most people is really, really HARD.
Editing slides is hard I am not a designer so it doesnt come
out pretty Most presentation programs require a tutor to use them
TIP #5 FORGIVE ME FOR BEING CAPTAIN OBVIOUS BUT SOFTWARE &
DESIGN TRAINING HELPS
1. Do I really, really want to make this presentation? Why? Get
to the bottom of it. 2. Mind mapping helps a lot.This is probably
presentation skill #1. 3. Theres still no decent slide editor, both
powerful and easy to use.This is an opportunity. KEY TAKEAWAYS